Galenobismutite on Quartz
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang County, Chenzhou Pref.
6.4 x 5 x 3.9 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
A very fine rarity from Yaoganxian, this is a rich, significant and esthetic Galenobismutite. It is the most attractive specimen of the specie that I have seen. Ex Shields Flynn collection, obtained from Bert Ottens some years ago who confirmed the specie, this is superb from this famous classic location. This visually looks much like a fine Boulangerite and would be an excellent specimen of that but the analysis shows this to be much more rare. It seems that there may be other specimens labeled as Boulangerite that are Galenobismutite. The matrix is a cluster of clear Quartz crystals showing two generations. The metallic needle crystals are in large masses on several faces of the specimen and are also included inside the largest, earlier Quartz prisms. In excellent condition. Mindat lists Galenobismutite from Yaogangxian but there is not yet a single photo from there.
Unusual flower-like group of radiating crystals which are about half Pyromorphite (yellow) and half Plumbogummite (powder blue). The pseudomorphing is roughly frozen in the middle of the process. Seen on one side the crystals all look like yellow Pyro and on the other side the blue color is dominant. The radial arrangement of the crystals makes this a nice esthetic miniature and a fine example of this classic pseudomorphing. The Plumbogummite of Yangshao Mine/ Daoping are widely considered to be be the best ever found in the world.
An uncommon and attractive Yaogangxian specimen. Lustrous iridescent Chalcopyrite covers most of a stack of flat hexagonal crystals of Pyrrhotite. Only on a few edges are the original golden metallic Pyrrhotite crystals visible. In excellent condition, what may look like bruising on some edges is actually perfect and sharp. The multicolor patina on the Chalcopyrite is bright and sparkling which is both esthetic and very different for this famed locality. Individual Pyrrhotite hexagons are up to 5 CM across yet are unusually thin at just 2-3 mm on average. A choice Chinese Sulfide!
A fine early Xuebaoding piece ex Bert Ottens and Shields Flynn. A prominent well-formed orange octahedron of Scheelite is surrounded by a scattering of gemmy Apatite crystals, all set on Muscovite blades with a little Calcite as well. The Apatites are transparent and glassy with a pale color, in some light sources they look slightly pink or violet and in other light they are almost colorless. The Scheelite, Apatite and Calcites are all vividly fluorescent and the combination of yellow, pink and bright red is especially vibrant. The Scheelite has sharp, gemmy corners and excellent luster throughout, most faces show well-defined geometric growth structures as well. No damage, a fine Chinese classic.
An incredible Yindu Fluorite with a glass-clear blue crystal that has a deep purple cloud inside and a fine edge phantom as well. Super sharp and resting on Calcite the Fluorite has impeccable bright luster. The overall effect is like looking into an aquarium. Good Yindu Fluorites are now very much admired and sought after, as they are both beautiful and unlike most any other Fluorite. One edge of this elongated cube is contacted where it was on matrix but there is no damage, breaks or chips. This rests on a crystalized mass of white Calcite and the contrast is excellent. Better in person too.
Scorodite with Pyrite
Baishiding Mine, Zhongshan Co, Hezhou Prefecture
4.6 x 3.6 x 3.1 CM (miniature)
Bright gemmy blue and purple Scorodite mixed with Pyrite on a Scorodite matrix. The matrix looks brown in some lighting but the color is from inclusions inside many small Scorodite which are both massive and crystalized. The main crystals are very defined, lustrous and have a very intense color. Overall in fine condition exam with 10-20X magnification finds some tiny rough areas but no serious damage is seen by naked eye. From the find at Henzoh almost 10 years ago, we have not seen any Scorodite from China since, it seems this was a one time find. Scorodite is known from many localities but only a few have good, sizable, bright crystals like these and those are never common.
Xikuangshan Sb Deposit, Lengshuijiang Co., Loudi Pref.
6.1 x 4.7 x 1.4 CM (cabinet)
A sharp pair of interlocking sprays of Stibnite crystals. Bright metallic luster and patina, there is no matrix, just Stibnite crystals with several types of termination. In excellent condition from a find in 2012 at Xikhuangshan. In person the "gunmetal" bluing effect is pronounced.
A killer thumbnail from the unbelievable finds at the Yindu Mine (China). We have been very impressed with the this locality since it began producing fine specimens, however there has been almost nothing in thumbnail size of any quality. This is the first really good piece we have seen in this size. Well-composed and balanced with a perfect gem clear zoned cube prominently perched on matrix. Excellent luster and better in person, the vivid purple core is set in a clear blue box. Yindu has made some great impressions for a few of the better specimens found over the past two years. The great ones are just a tiny percentage but they are amazing and already command some very high prices. This is a fine piece of competition grade in a small size that is not insanely expensive.